Europe is one of the greatest destinations for experiencing a road trip. In Scandinavia, weather beaten coastal roads loop up into bridges along the Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea. In the Netherlands long stretches of open tarmac among tulip lined fields beckon the eager driver. Meanwhile, Alpine roads snake down from the cloud covered valleys in Switzerland and Austria and blue waves lap the black motorways along Italy’s scenic shores.
In winter however, the strong winds make the northern roads treacherous, the tulip fields of Holland are devoid of colour, the heavy snowfall makes Alpine roads impassable and the Italian coast is uninspiring in the grey drizzle. Continue reading A European Christmas Road Trip
IF there’s one certainty in a vehicle market that doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry, it’s that SUV sales are going up. Every year for the past decade they have taken a bigger slice of the market, with the sole exception of 2006 when rising petrol prices forced a misstep.
Nevertheless, our appetite for these vehicles still has the capacity to surprise. This year they are outselling small hatchbacks and account for 28 per cent of vehicles bought. In 2003, it was less than 17 per cent. There are dozens more models available now compared with a decade ago and demand seems immune to bowser fluctuations.